Cities

Choose a city and find out specific tips and advice to improve your safety when visiting.

Cities around the world

How many cities are on Earth?

At the turn of the century in 2000, there were 371 cities with 1 million inhabitants or more worldwide. By 2018, the number of cities with at least 1 million inhabitants had grown to 548.

We are working hard to provide relevant and up to date safety information for all the cities across the world.

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  • Strasbourg

    Strasbourg is the capital city of the Grand Est region, formerly Alsace, in northeastern France. It’s also the formal seat of the European Parliament and sits near the German border, with culture and architecture blending German and French influences.

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  • Toulouse

    Toulouse, capital of France’s southern Occitanie region, is bisected by the Garonne River and sits near the Spanish border. It’s known as La Ville Rose (‘The Pink City’) due to the terra-cotta bricks used in many of its buildings

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  • Lyon

    Lyon, the capital city in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Its centre reflects 2,000 years of history from the Roman Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, medieval and Renaissance architecture in Vieux (Old) Lyon, to the modern Confluence district on Presqu’île peninsula.

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  • Bordeaux

    Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. The neighbourhood between Cours de l’Intendance and Rue Peyronnet is the heart of Vieux Bordeaux, and is famed as a city rich in art and history.

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  • Chamonix

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (usually shortened to Chamonix) is a resort area near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy. At the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps, it’s renowned for its skiing.

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  • Cannes

    Cannes, a resort town on the French Riviera, is famed for its international film festival. It’s lined with sandy beaches, upmarket boutiques and palatial hotels.

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  • Nice

    Nice, capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department on the French Riviera, sits on the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges. Founded by the Greeks and later a retreat for 19th-century European elite, the city has also long attracted artists.

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  • Paris

    Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global centre for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

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  • Cairns

    Commonly refereed to as the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a city in the tropical Far North Queensland. Northwest of the city, Daintree National Park spans mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches.

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  • Bundaberg

    Bundaberg is located on Queensland’s coast. It’s known for Bundaberg Rum, and the Bundaberg Distillery offers museum tours and tastings. Nearby along the coast is Mon Repos Regional Park, home to sea turtles.

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  • Marbella

    Marbella is a city and resort area on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, part of the Andalusia region. The Sierra Blanca Mountains are the backdrop to 27 km of sandy Mediterranean beaches, villas, hotels, and golf courses.

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  • Seville

    Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. It’s famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giralda.

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  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials.

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  • Chicago

    Located on Lake Michigan in Illinois, Chicago is among the largest cities in the United States. The city is renowned for it’s museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago.

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  • San Francisco

    San Francisco, often abbreviated as San Fran, SF, Frisco or The City is the cultural, financial and commercial centre of Northern California.

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  • Adelaide

    Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to the city’s Adelaide Festival is an annual international arts gathering with spin-offs including fringe and film events.

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  • Perth

    Perth is the capitol of Western Australia and sits where the Swan River meet the southwest coast. Perth boasts some beautiful sandy beaches and lovely riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

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  • Portland

    Portland, Oregon’s largest city is situated in the shadow of the snow-capped Mount Hood. Portland is home to the largest authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan.

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  • Brisbane

    Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and the capital of Queensland. The large city is located on the Brisbane River.

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  • Valencia

    The port city of Valencia lies on the southeastern coast of Spain, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. Valencia is best known for great beaches and its fantastic City of Arts and Sciences.

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For more country specific travel & safety information, please visit the Travel Aware website by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.